15 people shot dead in Iran


On the anniversary of the 2019 uprising on Wednesday, state news agencies blamed terrorists for killing seven people on two motorbikes at a shopping mall in the southern city of Izeh Khuzesta, the Guardian reported.

Publication date – 16:00, Thursday – 17 November 22

15 people have been shot dead in Iran

Tehran: Around 15 people have been shot dead in Iran, including members of the security forces and a nine-year-old child, in separate incidents as the country experienced one of the worst and most widespread nights of protests in nine weeks.

On the anniversary of the 2019 uprising on Wednesday, state news agencies blamed terrorists for killing seven people on two motorbikes at a shopping mall in the southern city of Izeh Khuzesta, the Guardian reported.

However, protesters said members of the Basij militia retaliated, including killing a nine-year-old boy who was sitting in a car with his father.

State news agencies said two volunteer Basij patrols were among the dead, and 10 were injured, the Guardian reported.

Five more people, including security forces, were killed in another shooting in the Isfahan area.

More deaths have been reported in Kurdistan, bringing the night’s death toll to 15.

News agencies inside Iran followed the government’s line that unknown anti-government forces or Islamic State terrorists were responsible, but witnesses said unarmed civilians were shot.

The death toll in recent protests has risen to 348, according to the Harana human rights agency, although the figures are impossible to verify.

In at least three cities, seminaries were set on fire, The Guardian reported.

Government news agencies said the killings could be a sign that the protests are turning into an armed uprising.

There will be an inquest into the bodies of the shot dead and now there is likely to be a huge propaganda battle where the government will argue that the protests are the seed of the “Syrianization” of Iran, and collapse. public order

Videos posted on social media showed shops in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar closed as protesters chanted anti-government slogans.

However, the state says there is no appetite for these strikes and organized gangs have been pressuring business owners to down their shutters.

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